August 2000

Conran's World Design
I loved Alice Rawsthorn's article "Globe-Trotting with Sir Terence Conran" [April], but she missed one of his greatest hits, Das Triest Hotel in Vienna. A short stroll from the Ringstrasse, Das Triest is a favorite of musicians and artists. Though Conran transformed this mid-17th-century building into a hip hotel, he maintained the elegance one associates with Vienna. His influence can be felt in the intimate lobby and the courtyard garden.
Mike Dodd
Via e-mail

A Bedroom in Berlin
We just returned from Easter in Berlin, where we stayed at Das Hotel am Gendarmenmarkt [T+L Reports, February]. It's a wonder of comfort and refinement, and is staffed by the most attentive and caring personnel. When Berlin's restaurant-of-the-moment lost our reservation, we went to the hotel's beautiful restaurant, Aigner. The waiters served us great German food and saved the night.
Ian Hogarth

Portugal's Take on Tranquillity
Discovering a pousada in Portugal is like finding a gold nugget where you least expect it. When I stayed with my wife, Eva-Maria, at the Nossa Senhora da Assunção in Arraiolos, which was described in Christopher Petkanas's article "Reinventing the Portuguese Pousada" [May], she opened the door to our bedroom and said, "Joe, listen to the quiet." We've spent nights in a total of 10 pousadas over the last three years, and the food and accommodations have always been excellent.
Joe Kiene
Key Biscayne, Fla.

Another Nantucket
As a longtime summer visitor to Nantucket, I was puzzled by an omission of Paul Schneider's in "The Best of Nantucket" [April]. One of the island's top restaurants, the new Brant Point Grill in the White Elephant hotel, wasn't even mentioned. And as for the hotel itself, this 1920's landmark has been extensively renovated. For my money, it beats the much-cited (by Schneider) Wauwinet.
Stephen C. Bandy
East Hampton, N.Y.

Walter Cronkite's Crab Cakes
So Chesapeake City, Maryland, is officially discovered [Top Ten, April]. As a local, I would like to suggest my choice for the best place to dock your boat: Schaefer's Canal House Restaurant. Those in the know include Walter Cronkite.
Barbara Aiken
Chesapeake City, Md.

Reader's Find: Morocco
We highly recommend Overseas Adventure Travel's Morocco Sahara Odyssey, and we suspect that at least 13 others would agree. Our group was diverse in age, background, and interests, but our program director skillfully integrated us. The activity-filled days -- we rose early, went on camel rides, watched cooking demonstrations -- had some ready for bed by 10 P.M., while others explored the nightlife. If you want adventure but are hesitant to travel independently, check out OAT.
Sheila and Bob Hale
Austin, Tex.

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